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FEASIBILITY OF THE COMMERCIAL MANUFACTURE OF
PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM COMPONENTS :
CASE STUDY OF GHANA

By

Mawuli Tse


Executive Summary

Recent energy shortages in Ghana have led to greater interest in the use of solar energy - specifically photovoltaics and solar water heaters.  As a result there is a need to find ways of reducing the cost of systems and improving maintenance capacity by encouraging the local manufacture of selected components.  This paper explores the feasibility of local manufacturing of photovoltaic system components in Ghana within the larger context of market demand and the current policy environment.

Local manufacturing is found to be most feasible for electronic components of PV systems (regulators and inverters), and support structures.  These require low initial capital outlay and production can be flexible to meet fluctuating demand.  The technical and financial requirements for setting up a local manufacturing enterprise for a selected component (PV regulators) have been examined in detail.   The paper identifies institutional, financial, and policy factors that are critical to the success of such a venture.


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